Amadeus Data Alert: The US Sees Continued Travel Demand Through Holiday Season, Ending 2022 on a High Note

US hotel occupancy for Christmas and New Year’s mirrors 2019 (pre-pandemic) trends, with warm destinations proving popular

Amadeus, a global leader in travel technology, with its unique ability to track forward-looking occupancy in major markets around the world, is seeing a positive trend in US hotel bookings for the 2022 holiday season. Amadeus’ Demand360® business intelligence data shows that as of December 8, 2022, US occupancy for the last two weeks of the year (Dec 18-31) is currently at 27%, pacing 1% behind the same time in 2019 and for the week of December 25, 2022, six of this year’s top 10 markets exceed 2019 occupancy.

Additionally, warm weather destinations lead the top markets across both weeks, with eight of the top markets in common including destinations in Florida and Hawaii, though the ranking varies slightly.

Where are travelers going this year?

The top 10 US markets for the last two weeks of 2022 based on hotel occupancy are:

Source: Amadeus Demand360® Business Intelligence Data as of December 8, 2022

Booking lead times/occupancy pace

Booking lead times continue to be an important metric to monitor. Currently, nearly 56% of transient bookings are made within seven days of travel, meaning there’s still plenty of opportunity for holiday occupancies to rise as we approach peak travel dates the week of New Year’s Eve.

Source: Amadeus Demand360® Business Intelligence Data as of December 8, 2022

Top Inbound Air Traffic Markets

For hoteliers looking to capture last minute business closer to the holiday, Amadeus Air Traffic Forecast data shows the highest volume of departures for the holiday season going to the following markets:

1.New York City

2.Los Angeles

3.Orlando

4.Chicago

5.Washington DC

6. Las Vegas

7.Denver

8. Dallas

9.Phoenix

10. Atlanta

Source: Amadeus Air Traffic Forecast Data as of November 18, 2022.

December 22nd and 23rd are expected to be peak air travel days in North America.

Source: Amadeus Air Traffic Forecast Data as of December 12, 2022.

Top Markets for Car Rentals

Top 10 US rental car markets for the holidays (Dec 18-31):

1.Orlando

2.Los Angeles

3.Miami

4. Denver

5. Las Vegas

6.Fort Lauderdale

7.Phoenix

8. Tampa

9. Atlanta

10. Honolulu

Source: Amadeus Cars Eyesight Data as of December 12, 2022

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About Amadeus’ Demand360®

Amadeus’ Demand360® provides hoteliers the deepest level of market occupancy insight, including two years of historical and one year of forward-looking on-the-books data from over 35,000 data providers, enabling users to compare performance against their competitive set, identify new trends, and make the most informed revenue strategy decisions possible.

About Amadeus’ Air Traffic Forecast

Amadeus’ Air Traffic Forecast provides a 6-month forward-looking view of the worldwide travel movement. Powered by Amadeus’ proprietary algorithms using a combination of global forward-looking air bookings and global air schedules, this enhanced insight allows users to identify travel demand, forecast market changes, and adapt their strategies.

About Amadeus’ Car Rental Data

Car Rental Data is sourced from Amadeus Cars Eyesight which provides a single view of all Amadeus Cars future bookings, and Amadeus AllStats.

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